SLE stands for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. It is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain. In people with SLE, the immune system attacks healthy tissue, leading to inflammation, tissue damage, and a wide range of symptoms.
Symptoms of SLE can vary widely depending on the specific parts of the body affected. Common symptoms include fatigue, joint pain and swelling, skin rashes, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, and cognitive problems such as memory loss and confusion.
There is no cure for SLE, but treatments are available to help manage symptoms and prevent complications. Treatment typically involves a combination of medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and immunosuppressants. In addition to medication, lifestyle changes, such as avoiding sunlight and getting regular exercise, may also help manage symptoms of SLE.
It's important to work closely with your healthcare provider to manage your SLE symptoms and prevent complications.